Presenting the top 10 most watched shows during the lockdown in India.

10. Asur (Voot Select)

The Voot Select web series “Asur” is a 2020 Indian Hindi-language crime thriller web series directed by Oni Sen and produced by Tanveer Bookwala. The series stars Arshad Warsi and Barun Sobti. Arshad Warsi for the first time made his web debut with this series.

In Asur every episode has key moments that keep you wanting more information and in the first episode, the director drops a twist. Throughout the show, we get to see several twists but none match the first none. The series is set in current times and revolves around serial killings.

At the start of every episode, you get to meet the killer, understand a little more about his past, and sympathize with him. But his gruesome acts and twisted mind quickly makes you cringe at this personality.

Genre: Crime, Thriller, Mystery

Number of Episodes: 8

Rating: 3/5

 

9. Four More Shots Please Season 2 (Amazon Prime Video)

Four More Shots Please is an Indian web series on Amazon Prime Video directed by Anu Menon and Nupur Asthana.

The series follows the story of four unapologetically flawed women as they live, love,fun, make mistakes and discover what really makes them tick through friendship and shots of tequila in millennial Mumbai. You can consider this show as “desi version of Sex and The City”.

With starring Sayani Gupta, Bani J, Kirti Kulhari and Maanvi Gagroo the series is Amazon Prime Video’s first all women protagonist Indian Original.

The first season was one of top 3 most watched Amazon Original Series from India in 2019, and  second season was called as “the most-watched Indian show on the platform” in May 2020.

For those who loved this show here’s a good news for you- After the release of second season, Amazon announced that season three is in the works.

No. of Episodes– 20

Running Time– 28-35 minutes (approx.) each episode

Original language(s)– English

Rating– 2.5/5

 

8.Special Ops (Disney+ Hotstar)

Special Ops is an Indian thriller series created by Neeraj Pandey for Disney+Hotstar’s label Hotstar Specials with Kay Kay Menon as Himmat Singh leading the cast.

The series follows Himmat Singh of Research and Analysis Wing who draws similar patterns in terrorist attacks(2001 Indian Parliament attack) and is convinced a single person is behind all the attacks. His task force team of five agents living in various parts of the world aim to catch the mastermind.

Overall the story is based on the inspiration taken from Nineteen Years of national significant events. The story is inspired by several espionage missions undertaken by India in the last two decades.

Genre: Action, Espionage, Thriller

Released Date– March 17, 2020

No. of episodes- 8

Running Time– 43- 54 minutes(approx.) each

Rating- 3.5/5

 

7.Illegal (Voot Select)

Illegal is an Indian web series directed by Sahir Raza. Neha Sharma, Piyush Mishra and Akshay Oberoi are playing the lead roles in the series. The web series was launched on 12th May 2020 on  platform Voot Select.

The story of Illegal mainly revolves around two lawyers Janardhan Jaitley and Niharika Singh(Neha Sharma).

A legal drama, set in the lesser-known world of a high-end law firm where justice is measured against billable hours, and the lawyers are seldom on the right side of the law. Enter the ‘Mad Lawyer’ Niharika Singh who will fight tooth and nail for justice….. even if that means standing up against the hotshot lawyer Janardhan Jaitley…

Genre: Drama

Title: Illegal– Justice, Out of Order

Cast: Neha Sharma, Piyush Mishra, Akshay Oberoi.

Episodes– 10

Running Time- 32-40 minutes (approx.) each

Ratings- 2.5/5

 

6.State of Siege 26/11 (ZEE5)

State of Siege: 26/11 is a ZEE5 Original crime thriller series starring Arjan Bajwa, Arjun Bijlani, Mukul Dev, Vivek Dahiya, and Tara Alisha Berry. When Mumbai was under siege in 2008, it was the NSG commandos that came to its rescue. The Web series centered around the 2008 Mumbai terror attack…The series is said to be inspired from the book “Black Tornado” by teotia.

Stars: Arjan Bajwa, Arjun Bijlani, Mukul Dev

Genres: Action

Total Episodes: 8

Rating: 3/5

 

5.Betaal (Netflix)

Betaal is an Indian zombie horror web television series based in a remote village that serves as the battleground between East India Company Army officer Lt. Col John Lynedoch, his battalion of zombie redcoats from the Indian Rebellion of 1857, and the fictional CIPD force.

Hired to displace tribal villagers to make way for a new highway, officials unearth an old curse and an army of British soldier-zombies.

The series is written and directed by Patrick Graham and Produced by Red Chillies Entertainment. The web series stars Vineet Kumar Singh and Aahana Kumra in significant roles. The series was received negatively by the critics.

Genres: Horror, Action Thriller, Zombie

Total Episodes: 4

Rating- 1.5/5

 

4.Money Heist (Netflix)

Money Heist (Spanish: La casa de papel) is a Spanish heist crime drama television series created by Álex Pina.

Eight thieves take hostages and lock themselves in the Royal Mint of Spain as a criminal mastermind manipulates the police to carry out his plan.

The series traces two long-prepared heists led by the Professor, one on the Royal Mint of Spain, and one on the Bank of Spain. The series was initially intended as a limited series to be told in two parts. It re-cut the series into 22 shorter episodes and released them worldwide, beginning with the first part on 20 December 2017, followed by the second part on 6 April 2018. In April 2018, Netflix renewed the series with a significantly increased budget for 16 new episodes total. Part 3, with eight episodes, was released on 19 July 2019. Part 4, also with eight episodes, was released on 3 April 2020. A documentary involving the producers and the cast premiered on Netflix the same day, titled Money Heist: The Phenomenon.

Genres: Crime film, Heist, Thriller
First episode date: 2 May 2017
Original Language: Spanish
Total Seasons: 4
Rating- 4/5
3.Paatal Lok (Amazon Prime Video)

Paatal Lok  is an Indian Hindi-language crime thriller web television series which premiered on Amazon Prime Video on 15 May 2020. It is produced by Clean Slate Films.
The Web Series is loosely based on Tarun Tejpal’s 2010 novel The Story of My Assassins, the series is about a disillusioned cop who lands the case of an assassination attempt gone wrong.
The thriller is inspired by the traditional concepts of Svarga, Dharti and Paatal (heaven, earth and the hell), as metaphors for the different classes of India and the four estates.
Casts: Jaideep Ahlawat, Gul Panag, Neeraj Kabi, Swastika Mukherjee, Ishwak Singh, and Abhishek Banerjee
Genres: Crime, Thriller, Crime Fiction
First episode date: 15 May 2020
Network: Amazon Prime Video
Original Language: Hindi
Total Seasons: 1
No. of Episodes: 9
Running Time: 43-53 Minutes(Approx.)
Rating- 3.5/5
2. Mahabarat(Doordarshan)

Mahabharat concluded on DD National on a good note. After Ramayan’s conclusion on DD National, Mahabharat bagged the top spot on the ratings chart. The show ended with a bang with 22.9 million viewership on its finale week, according to data released by BARC India. Ramanand Sagar’s Shri Krishna was a close second with 22.8 million impressions.

Mahabharat is an Indian television series based on the ancient sanskrit epic. The original airing consisted of a total of ninety-four episodes and were broadcast from 2 October 1988 to 24 June 1990 on Doordarshan. It was produced by B. R. Chopra and directed by his son, Ravi Chopra. The script was written by Pandit Narendra Sharma and the Urdu poet Rahi Masoom Raza, based on the original story by Vyasa. Costumes for the series were provided by Maganlal Dresswala.

Each episode is approximately 60 minutes and begins with a title song that consisted of lyrical content and two verses from the Bhagavad Gita. The title song was sung and the verses rendered by singer Mahendra Kapoor. It is the most successful Mahabharata series ever produced for television.

Genre: Mythology

Based on: Mahabharata by Vyasa

Original release‎: ‎2 October 1988 – 24 June 1990

No. of seasons‎: ‎1

No. of Episodes: 94

Running Time: 60 Minutes(Approx.) each episode

Ratings: 4/5

 

 

1. Ramayan (Doordarshan)

Aired again after 33 years Ramayan is the Highest Viewed Entertainment Program Globally, The show created world record, 77 million people watched the show in one day.
                                   
Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayana first started airing on Doordarshan from 1987 and went on till 1988. Even at that time, the show had a viewership like no other and earned a hefty amount for each episode. The show starred Arun Govil, Deepika Chikhalia, Sunil Lahri, Arvind Trivedi, Sanjay Jog, Sameer Rajda, Dara Singh and Bal Dhuri in pivotal roles.

Genre: Mythology

Based on: Ramayana

Original release‎: ‎25 January 1987 –; 31 July 1988

No. of seasons‎: ‎1
No. of Episodes: 78

Running Time: 60 Minutes(Approx.) each episode

Ratings: 4.5/5

 

 

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